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Correcting Linux DPI (PPI)
For whatever reason, Linux (Debian Buster, XFCE) doesn't get my monitor's DPI correct. The symptom is that all text seems smaller than it should be.
(the other symptom is a sore wrist from hitting control-plus in chrome all day long!)
First, let's see what Linux thinks my DPI is:
$ xdpyinfo | grep -B 2 resolution screen #0: dimensions: 2560x1440 pixels (677x381 millimeters) resolution: 96x96 dots per inch
I broke out a tape measure and whoa, that's way off! I measure 21 3/4" width, or about 552mm. That's more like 117 DPI.
But wait, Linux already knows this!!!:
$ xrandr | grep -w connected DP-0 connected 2560x1440+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 553mm x 311mm
Regardless, the solution is simple: create a
~/.Xresources file, like so:
$ cat ~/.Xresources Xft.dpi: 117
Log out, log back in.
Things should look "normal" now, and you should see:
$ xdpyinfo | grep -B 2 resolution screen #0: dimensions: 2560x1440 pixels (551x312 millimeters) resolution: 118x117 dots per inch
Why use the term DPI which is actually PPI?